The Top Ten Reasons You Should Support the Mid-Water Herring Industry
The mid-water herring fishers are under relentless attack by a campaign of never ending regulation all proposed by wealth foundations and fishermen who fish for endangered and over-fished species of fish. Their dirty fishing methods and irresponsible practices will be the replacement of the sustainable mid-water boats if they are finally regulated out of existence by council members that are paid by organizations that have accepted money to ban or restrict the fishing type.
10) Best Management Money Can Buy. Herring fishermen are oppressed by regulatory decisions made by "donation" taking council members. That kind of unfairness shouldn't be allowed.
9) Efficiency- Herring fishing is efficient. Burning less oil to do the same amount of work lowers the fisheries carbon footprint and expenses enabling cleaner more selective fishing and lower prices. Regulation that makes it less efficient puts a strain on customers that can't afford higher prices.
8) River herring advocates are the little fishes worst enemies. Scape-goating mid-water herring fishermen will not change the fact that water consumption (In many cases by the advocates of the herring) turns their rivers into weed choked piss ponds. In Maine where the rivers have been taken care of there are strong runs of river herring and the mid-water herring boats are still able to avoid the little fishes.
7) The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch has awarded herring a rating of Good Sustainability.
6) The Monterey Bay Aquarium has given the stern label of Avoid to the fishes that are fished by mid-water herring detractors. They are not known for sustainable fishing and their credibility relfects that.
5) Low by-catch. The lowest by-catch ratio in the North East belongs to mid-water trawl. (This is in keeping with world wide records of this fishery type on every ocean fished).
4) Herring is a distraction for the management council. They should be focusing on ending over-fishing instead of over-regulating sustainable fisheries like herring.
3)Over-regulation is expensive. Taxpayers have paid through the nose to gather a mountain of fishing data and massive amounts of regulatory activity at the request of the wealth foundations (which they can afford but never pay for). Ignoring the evidence and requesting ever more complex and expensive regulation is something the tax payers shouldn't have to put up with. (I will show you how to tell them to stop)
2) Food for the poor- Crushing herring fishers with regulation to ensure a good catch of sushi-grade tuna for the wealthy is bad for both the tuna and the poor people who buy herring because they can't afford expensive fishes.
1) The herring quota is going to be fished. Less efficient, higher by-catch fishing methods will be substituted for mid-water trawling as more boats go bankrupt. Considerably more harm will be done to the environment, more marine mammals will die and river herring by-catch will rise as well. (If they can get enough water to survive).
You can support sustainable fishing...
Writing, E-mailing, or showing up to tell them, "No More Needless, Wasteful Regulation Designed to Cause Failure," is a good start. Just say no to all of the proposals in herring amendment 5 and the wealth foundations and the mis-informers that proposed them. (The herring industry has come to a consensus that they would rather pay for 100 percent observer coverage than be forced to endure more regulation based on lies.)
Written public comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. EST, Monday, April 9, 2012. Comments may be sent to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, 50 Water Street, Mill #2, Newburyport, MA 01950 or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org (attention/subject line: “Comments on Draft Amendment 5”).
Here is a sample letter that you can copy and paste...
NEFMC "Comment on Draft Amendment 5"
As a concerned tax payer I request that you do not waste my tax dollars on this campaign of over-regulation of the sustainable herring fishery. Please direct valuable resources to ending the over-fishing of endangered and over-fished species that are in crisis and collapse due to lack of attention.
Ps-Please recommend more water allocation for the poor river herrings.